rhode island wild plant society

Helping to Preserve & Protect
Rhode Island's Native Plants
& Their Habitats

Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

2015 Native Plant Symposium

19 September | Brown University

Registration closes 5 pm on Monday, September 14. (No tickets will be available at the door.)

Upcoming RIWPS Events

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Sun 13

Early Fall Walk at Osamequin Wildlife Preserve

September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 19

2015 Native Plant Symposium

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 26

Native Plant & Pollinator Exploration

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Recent RIWPS News

2015 Native Plant Conference field with butterfly

Press Release: Native Plant Symposium

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society invites nursery and landscape industry professionals, landscape architects, ecologists, land managers, and plant enthusiasts to attend a day-long conference: Growing Awareness: planting biodiverse + resilient landscapes on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at Brown University in Providence. Native plants provide the landscape with a sense of place. Over thousands of […]

State of New England's Plants

Why Native Plants Matter

New England Wild Flower Society has released its “State of the Plants” report, the most comprehensive assessment of New England plants and plant communities ever assembled.

The report discusses the critical importance of plant diversity, profiles five key habitat types, and identifies primary threats to these habitats and to NewEngland’s plant life as a whole. It assesses the status of hundreds of rare and declining plant species. The report also outlines priorities for researching, conserving and managing thousands of species that together comprise NewEngland’s vibrant flora.

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.